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Four Professors of IIT-Kanpur got a reprieve from the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday when it stayed action against them in connection with harassment of a Dalit faculty member.

The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) had directed the IIT-Kanpur management to suspend and lodge an FIR against four Professors of the Institute who were found guilty of passing casteist remarks against a Dalit faculty member Dr Subramanium Sundrela.

Showing displeasure over inaction by the IIT-Kanpur management, the commission had directed the Institute Director Prof Manindra Agarwal to submit an action taken report by May 1.

Fearing suspension and arrest, the four accused professors had approached the Allahabad High Court against the NCSC order. The High Court stayed the NCSC order and issued notices to its Chairman and the IIT-Kanpur Director seeking their explanation and details of the case.

A graduate of the IIT-Kanpur, Dr Sundrela had joined the institute in January 2018 as an Assistant Professor. He had lodged a complaint with the IIT-K Board against four senior professors of the Institute who allegedly passed casteist remarks and mentally tortured him since he belonged to a low caste.

The Institute Director, Dr Manindra Agarwal had constituted a three-member committee, headed by Prof Vinay Kumar Pathak of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU), to probe Dr Sundrela’s charges. After an inquiry, the three-member committee had found all the four senior Professors guilty of continuously harassing Dr Sundrela in its report submitted last month.

The report was placed before the IIT-K Board of Governing Council on March 19 to decide action against the guilty professors. But instead of initiating any action, the Board had recommended a compromise between the victim and the accused faculty members. But Dr Sundrela turned down the offer and took his complaint to the Commission.

Taking serious note of the IIT-K management inaction, the Commission has issued directives to suspend all four professors and lodge an FIR against them under the SC/ST Act. The commission has asked the IIT-K management to submit an action taken report by May 1.

IIT-K Director Manindra Agarwal said that they will abide by the commission’s order and initiate action against the four professors in the case.

The IIT-Kanpur is in news for the past one year for all wrong reasons. In January, a girl student of the Institute was allegedly raped by an IAF employee within the campus on the pretext of marrying her. In October last year, about 22 students were rusticated for ragging their juniors.

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By Vipin Agnihotri

With every passing day, Muslim youngsters are joining BJP. For them, the lure is a “slice of the development pie”. “There is a lot of talk about development work done by the BJP. We too want a slice of this development. We are joining BJP with the hope and expectation that our areas will be developed,” pointed out Mobin Ahmed, who joined BJP recently.

Mobin Ahmed were impressed by the work done by PM Modi alongside the improvement in terms of roads, water connections and street lights around him.

Mobin added, “The big number of Muslims joining BJP is a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s motto of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’. ”


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Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday wondered why the Modi government was refusing to make the price of the Rafale jets public, and called it a “scam.”

“For the first time, the Defence Minister is saying we will not share details of the money spent on buying aircraft … I spoke during the Gujarat polls that there is a scam [in the Rafale deal],” he told presspersons outside the Parliament building.

Targeting the Prime Minister, he said, “Modi ji had personally gone to Paris. Personally the deal was changed. Entire India knows it. And the Defence Minister is saying she will not inform India, the Indian martyrs and their relatives about the money spent on buying those aircraft. What does this mean? This only means there is some scam.”

Mr. Gandhi’s attack came just a day after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in a written response to questions from Opposition MPs including Rajeev Gowda of the Congress, refused to divulge the price of Rafale jets citing a security clause between India and France.

In the Lok Sabha, during a debate on the President’s address, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia sought a White Paper.

Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mr. Gowda and the party’s communication chief Randeep Surjewala posed several questions to the government.

“UPA had signed the deal where the cost per aircraft was Rs. 526.1 crore. What we have heard is that the same Rafale jets have now been procured for Rs. 1570.8 crores. Is it true,” Mr. Azad said.

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WHEN Muzammil Rahman talks, he means business. This youngster from Bareilly is not only a top notch cricketer but also tasting success in the field of glamour industry.

“I feel good with regard to doing so many things at a time. I firmly believe that my hard work is certainly going to pay off,” Muzammil said.

As is the case with any individual, Muzammil too has a bumpy ride. When he was at his best in his cricketing career, he suffered a serious injury.

“I was shattered to say the least. IPL was just around the corner and my selection was almost certain but my bad luck and rest is history. I would have made the IPL team,” pointed out Muzammil.

Muzammil said he drew inspiration from Virat Kohli and has no doubt in his mind that one day cricketing ”god’ will smile on him.

Coming to the glamour side of thing, Muzammil was first runner up in the Mr UP Uttarakhand in 2016. “My inner desire was always there to make a mark in the modelling and I am happy to share with you that I am in the right path and in the coming years, you would see the best of me,” said Muzammil.

When asked about his recipe for success, he said: “The youth require a a mental faculty endowed with multi-dimensional intelligence. It is not adequate to foster cognitive intelligence alone — as is being done in India’s educational campuses today — but to also develop the other dimensions of intelligence: emotional, social, moral, spiritual, environmental, and innovational.”

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PM narendra modi public meeting out side SGVP hospital in Ahmedabad on Sunday…express photo javed raja

The conduct of the Prime Minister of India during the Gujarat election should set alarm bells ringing. Narendra Modi’s innuendo in an election speech in Banaskantha, in which he strung together communal canards and conspiracy theories, marks a new and dangerous low in Indian politics.

It is perhaps a sign of the times, the new normal, that the demeaning of the office of the prime minister, low level demagoguery or even communal canards will not bother many citizens. In fact, these are now the central elements of the PM’s mystique, eclipsing whatever other promises he might have made about development. But these innuendos also show a prime minister creating the wildest conspiracy theories, not because they serve the national interest, but because they satiate his need for claiming monopoly over patriotism, perpetual scapegoating and playing the politics of victimhood. God help the country whose prime minister is now in such a frame of mind.

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The innuendo that former Pakistani officials were showing undue interest in supporting Ahmed Patel, that the former Prime Minister of India somehow held secret talks at the residence of Mani Shankar Aiyar during the Gujarat elections, whose purpose was to hatch some anti-national conspiracy, would be laughable if it were not shameful and dangerous. Think of all the dangers inherent in the prime minister himself not just putting his weight behind this story, but conjuring it out of thin air. It was an uncalled for attack on former Prime MinisterManmohan Singh.

In a democracy there will be deep disagreements, there will also be attacks on particular leaders’ competencies, and sometimes their decisions will be questioned. True or false, these things are par for the course in a competitive democracy. But for a prime minister to paint a picture of a former prime minister as part of some social cabal in cahoots with foreign powers to meddle in the Gujarat elections is despicable. Whatever your political views, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s quiet, exemplary and thoughtful patriotism is self-evident and needs no defence. For Manmohan Singh, patriotism was not, as it has become for Modi, a scimitar to cut down political opponents and claim monopoly of nationalism. For a PM to suggest that his political opponents are doing something bordering on treasonous is to open the floodgates of a new viciousness.

If unhinged conspiracy theories about possibly treasonous socialising were not enough, this story was dripping with communal canards. The entire Gujarat campaign has been, even by the low standards set during the last three years, dripping in communal innuendo. At points, the BJP campaign has presented our only choices as being between Mandir and Masjid. The arguments over history, from Khilji to Babar, the pet themes of this election, are not about history: They are about Hindu majoritarianism wanting to make Muslims increasingly irrelevant to India’s history.

But perhaps Modi did us a favour. You could say that in this campaign, he has, at last, broken his silence on the communal poison spreading through Indian political life. He now wants to shed whatever last veneer of deniability was left and claim full-throated responsibility for spreading this poison.

By stringing together, in a crass case of loaded free association, Ahmed Patel, Congress and Pakistan in a seamless social web, Modi betrayed a whole series of prejudices that are unworthy of the Prime Minister of India: That Indian Muslim political leaders are always going to be under the pall of suspicion that they are in league with Pakistan. It is once again to raise the bogey that when it comes to patriotism a senior Muslim politician will be guilty of association with Pakistan until proven innocent. The consequence of this marginalising of the political agency of members of a community for Indian constitutional values are going to be profound.

Whether we will any longer be shocked by the degradation of public discourse, by the diminution of the moral stature of the office of the prime minister, by open communalism, is an open question. Again, whatever one’s political views, Modi’s gift as a politician was to exude self-confidence, seduce the electorate in a way that artfully disguised the potential poison he might carry, and to tap into both the hope of development and the politics of fear simultaneously. In this campaign, more than any other in recent years, the sense of control and confidence has gone, the potential communal poison is not just one element that might be contained, but is becoming his whole being, and the politics of hope has been replaced entirely by the politics of fear. Only this can explain why a party that has been for so long in power in Gujarat, is running as if it were a vicious rabble-rousing outfit.

But more seriously, Modi is increasingly showing a combination of qualities that should worry even his supporters. The more his power has grown, the more his speeches exude insecurity. A combination of great power and a deep sense of insecurity does not bode well. Even after the people of India have reposed power in him, his need to constantly play up a sense of personal and national victimhood, his need to perpetually play into stereotypes about minorities, has grown rather than diminished with his time in office. Paranoia is replacing confidence. Whatever Modi’s own political experiences, nothing in them justifies him playing a “Congress-Muslim-Pakistan conspiracy” card in the manner in which he has done in the election.

Perhaps Modi will win the Gujarat election. The personal identification with him is perhaps too far gone for his supporters to divest of him easily. More ominously, Indian democracy is at a crossroads where all its inner demons and repressed ugliness are playing out in the open. This is a time that requires statesmanship, not nauseating divisiveness.

The prime minister, instead of navigating constitutional values, ordinary decencies of discourse and civility, to safe harbour, is now bent on creating new storms. Whether he wins or loses in Gujarat, he is spreading a poison from which Indian politics will find it hard to recover for quite some time. In shoring his power through conflict he is taking India down the road to ruin.


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Four Professors of IIT-Kanpur got a reprieve from the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday when it stayed action against them in connection with harassment...